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Latest Articles in magazine 20 april 2015

Case Study: Disease Of Disrespect

Renee das stepped into the office of Ashok Shukla, her boss and Director HR. She gasped on seeing a team of seven lady managers from sales, MR and marketing with him. Renee was VP, HR at Teffer India, a job that had her travel quite a bit, and often she felt she was behind the office grapevine.

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What Really Matters!

When the Supreme Court decided to cancel 204 coal blocks, allocated since 1993, the underlying judgment was that in the absence of a competitive bidding mechanism for allocation of natural resources, the decisions to allocate coal blocks to private sector by the successive government were arbitrary. It, however, appears that the latest round of auctions were not so different after all. There is a fresh controversy surrounding the recent cancellation of four coal blocks, won by Jindal Steel and Power (JSPL) and Balco in the auctions held in February, on similar grounds.

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Analysis: Dropping The F-bomb

Go ahead, drop it, it is ‘effing’ satisfying. I will be damned if I lie. My fondness for profanity is in sync my consumption of it. From the Indian AIB roast to Martin Scorsese’s 2013 movie Wolf of Wall Street, it is the undisputed new cool, isn’t it? Who doesn’t love those John Oliver shows in the US that air on HBO, a channel that allows “free speech” and their talk shows frequently rate better than other shows, for research shows ‘swearing’ makes the hosts appear more human and credible?

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Analysis: The Absence Of Tameez

When a senior male manager in a media company was told by a woman colleague, gently yet firmly, that he was persistently using foul language and that she felt disrespected, his response was a very reluctant, almost offended acceptance. Offended acceptance is a peculiar thing and is very widespread. At one level is the acceptance but below that, and usually very visible, there is contempt towards the person giving the feedback.

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Future Ready

Most investors make their investment decisions purely on past performance, that is, returns. The trouble with such an approach is that it often fails to suggest how the fund will perform going forward. Analysts and fund trackers must consider factors beyond just performance and focus on more critical parameters. Morningstar calls these parameters the five key pillars — Parent, People, Process, Performance and Price.

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